We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 2011 was a great year for Manchester Running Company as our featured event the Finally Spring 5k! continued to grow with over 225 registrants. We were able to raise well over $1,500 for Public Allies and donated 35 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls with our spring event.
Despite the fact that we weren’t able to reach out to the youth with Thursday Nights Under the Lights – Summer Track & Field Series, we did make it out to many summer events including the JI Summer Series and Bolton Summer XC Series. Don’t worry we will be back with our Track & Field Series in 2012!
2011 allowed us to co-sponsor the JI Track Meet’s Alumni Mile in May, a sponsorship we are truly proud of as it gives those alum who are out of college the rare treat of a competitive mile on the track.
Labor Day weekend allowed us the opportunity to host the only “other” road race in Manchester, with the Life Without Limits 5k. This was truly a special event as it benefited United Cerebral Palsy of Hartford and we had our first celebrity appearance at an MRC event. Team Hoyt graced us with their presence at the event which was a huge crowd pleaser and it was an honor to meet the Hoyt’s.
Many of our club runners challenged themselves in 2011 with a marathon for the first time and fared very well, we also had numerous PR’s in the half-marathon, Carrie Corbett won her age group at the Hartford Half, and Jake Gurzler kept up his winning ways at several local road races. Most of us also ran the Manchester Road Race, which of course remains the greatest running event on earth.
2012 is looking to be a great year with the fourth rendition of the Finally Spring 5k! and Rockville Bank Kids Run as we have new sponsor commitments already, great prizes to give away, and of course the socks, who could forget the socks! Register today as we are on pace for socks to be gone by Jan. 20th (first 100 registered). As already mentioned, 2012 will see the return of our Track Series, the Spring Street Mile (with a freshly paved course), and perhaps even a triathlon.
Have a great holiday season!
Pat & Tyler
(neither of us are pictured in case you were wondering)